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Oct 14, 2012 10:00pm PDT
status fear more than 24 miles above new mexico's desert. he was about to become a human missile. >> he's assent lasted 2.5 hours in a capsule hoised by a helium -- hoisted by a helium balloon. the only glitch, his visor fogged up when the heater failed. >> joe kittenjure in mission control was the voice in his year. in 1960, then an air force captain set the free fall record with a dive from 102,000 feet. he's spent years preparing him for this moment. the plunge from 128,000 feet. his preliminary speed popped at 833 miles an hour. the first human in free fall to break the speed of sound. but there was trouble. he went into a potentially catastrophic top spin. he regained control to the relief of every one in mission control. the fall lasted 4 minutes 19 seconds. one minute short of the record. no gymnast has ever stuck a landing like this. >> in four years getting at the same spot and as a young guy sitting next to me and asking for advice just because he wants to break my record. >> the man who fell to earth today like no one ever has. >> that's just incredible. summer is maki
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